Phoenix Park is just 3 miles west of Dublin’s centre yet it feels a million miles away from the energy and exuberance of the city. This is where Dublin comes to relax and you are cordially invited to join them.
Phoenix Park is enclosed by a wall but it is far from constricted. There are 1,750 acres of open space, sports grounds, leisure opportunities, historic buildings, tree-lined avenues and even a herd of wild fallow deer.
Originally a gift to the Knights Hospitaller the park is today free for all to enjoy. Inside its grounds much has taken place and there is still no shortage of things to do. Áras an Uachtaráin is the 18th century building which acts as the residence of the President of Ireland. You can also find the 35 metre high Papal Cross, erected in 1979 to commemorate the Pope’s visit to Dublin, and Ashtown Castle, a 15th century medieval tower house.
For families Dublin Zoo is located within the park and there are also play parks, short lakeside walks and plenty of opportunity for the children to burn off some energy.
Nature lovers are well catered for too with plenty of birdlife, wild fallow deer, grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and lakes.
Sports fans can jog, cycle, play football, cricket or even polo. If you are lucky you might just catch the Irish Grand Prix being held here too.
But, above all, you can just sit back and relax. You’re on holiday aren’t you?